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Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

The book I just read was called Bamboo People: a novel. This gripping novel takes place in the shoes of a young 15 year old boy who lives in Burma: a Texas sized country near India that’s in a civil war. The main character, Chiko, lives with his mother in the city. His father who was wrongfully arrested for being a traitor to their country is an inspiration throughout the novel “I’d do anything to get him out of prison”(Chicko). After he is arrested he and his mother are struggling to get by so Chiko tries to get a job as a teacher. It turns out it was a trap and there is no teaching job. He is forced into the Burmese army. While training he meets a rebellious street boy named Tai and they form a comradeship. After a while Chiko is sent on his first mission as a scout for mines. He gets his leg blown off and the point of view changes to a Karenni soldier on the other side, who takes him to a healing hut. The Karenni soldier named Tu Reh narrates Chiko’s healing and what the village decides to do with him. In the end Chiko is sent home to a surprise.

This novel was really fun to read and had a lot of cool twists. Throughout the book you can see similarities between Chiko and Tu reh. They both have internal conflicts they have to face. Chiko must cope with the decision between getting revenge on the Karenni or laying low and letting things happen. When Chiko is in the barracks training he finds a sense of comradeship. Each of the boys knows their place and they can get things done with ease which irks the sergeant. Tu Reh must decide whether to kill an injured Burmese boy or bring him back to camp. Tu reh has to choose whether to get revenge for what the Burmese did to his village or do the humane thing and help the boy. In the end he decides to be humane and bring him to a healing hut.

In conclusion I though the novel was great and I would recommend it to anyone who has read A long Way Gone or any other book about child soldiers or internal conflict.
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message 1: by Jenifer (new)

Jenifer Great comparison to A Long Way Gone! Did you find it challenging to read about a different culture?

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